For Little Friends

By Kim Howey


Fossil Mud Pie

24 cream-filled chocolate cookies

3 tablespoons butter/margarine, melted

1 pint chocolate ice cream

14 candy dinosaurs

  1. 1.

    Put the cookies into a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

  2. 2.

    In a bowl, combine 3/4 of the cookie crumbs with the butter. Place the mixture in a greased 9″ (23 cm) pie pan. With clean hands, press the mixture against the bottom and sides of the pan to form a crust. Freeze it for 20 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Soften the ice cream by putting it in a bowl and stirring it with a large spoon; mix in 6 candy dinosaurs. Carefully spread the ice cream over the frozen crust.

  4. 4.

    Sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs on the ice cream; freeze for at least an hour. Top each serving with a candy dinosaur.

Good Books for Little Friends

This Is the Farmer by Nancy Tafuri In a chain of events as in “the house that Jack built” (but without all the repetition), an ordinary farmer, who has an ordinary wife, goes to milk the cow. Simple and delightful.

What Joe Saw by Anna Grossnickle Hines Joe’s class was going to feed the ducks at the park. Joe was last in line. He saw all that the other children saw—and much more. Illustrated with lovely, close-up pictures of all the things that Joe saw.

Darcy and Gran Don’t Like Babies by Jane Cutler Darcy didn’t like her baby brother’s looks or his smell. No one seemed to understand—until Gran came. They did things together and talked a lot about babies. And Darcy started to feel better.

Diamonds and Toads retold by Ellen Schecter This classic fairy story about good rewarded and bad punished is well told and beautifully illustrated.

Dad and Me in the Morning by Patricia Lakin This is a gentle story with glorious art about a boy—who just happens to be deaf—and his father going to the beach to see the sunrise.

You’re a Great Catch!

To make a fun gift/card for your dad or someone else, you will need: the fish on this page, glue, heavy paper, scissors, a hole punch, a pen, a ruler, a piece of yarn or string 10″ (25 cm) long, a sturdy stick 15″ (38 cm) long, and tape.

  1. 1.

    Cut out the fish on this page, glue it onto heavy paper, and cut it out again. Punch a hole in its mouth (see illustration).

  2. 2.

    After the greeting on the first blank line, print Dad or the name of whomever the gift is for. Then sign your name on the second blank line.

  3. 3.

    Thread one end of the yarn or string through the punched hole in the fish and tie it to the fish. Take the other end of the yarn or string and tie it near the end of the stick; secure it with tape.

Fish cut out(click to view larger)

You’re a Great Catch,____________________! Love, ____________________________ (Illustrated by Fumi Kosoka.)

[illustrations] Illustrated by Fumi Kosoka